- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
- Siphon as much power steering fluid from the power steering pump as possible.
- Reposition the floor carpeting to access the intermediate shaft at the base of the column.
- Position the front wheels in the straight-ahead position.
- Turn the steering wheel to the right until the intermediate shaft coupling bolt at the base of the steering column can be accessed.
Remove the coupling bolt.
NOTEDo not separate the intermediate shaft from the steering gear pinion shaft at this time.
- Return the front wheels to the straight-ahead position.
Use a steering wheel holder to lock the wheel into place.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
- Remove the front wheels.
- On the side of the gear, remove the nut from the outer tie rod end at the knuckle.
- One the side of the gear, separate the tie rod end from the knuckle using Special Tool 9360 Remover or equivalent.
- Remove the engine skid plate, if equipped.
- Remove the rear engine mount.
- Remove the front engine mount through-bolt.
Remove the three bolts securing the heat shield to the crossmember and remove the shield.
Disconnect the pressure and return hoses from the steering gear.
- Remove the fasteners that secure the power steering hose routing clamps to the crossmember.
Remove the bolts securing the stabilizer bushing retainers to the crossmember and remove the stabilizer bushing retainers.
NOTEBefore removing the front suspension crossmember from the vehicle, the location of the crossmember must be marked on the body of the vehicle. If the front suspension crossmember is not reinstalled in exactly the same position, the preset wheel alignment settings will be lost.
- Matchmark the location of the front crossmember on the body near each mounting bolt.
- Support the front crossmember with a suitable jack.
- Remove the mounting bolts securing the crossmember to the body.
- Lower the crossmember enough to access the intermediate shaft coupling and slide it off the pinion shaft.
- Remove the two bolts securing the steering gear to the crossmember.
- Rotate the sway bar up in order to access the steering gear.
Remove the steering gear from the crossmember.
- Rotate the sway bar up and install the steering gear on the crossmember. Tighten the mounting bolts to 52 ft. lbs. (70 Nm).
Center the power steering gear rack in its travel as necessary.
NOTEWhen installing the front suspension crossmember back in the vehicle, it is very important that the crossmember be attached to the body in exactly the same spot as when it was removed. Otherwise, the vehicle's wheel alignment settings (caster and camber) will be lost.
- Slowly raise the crossmember into its mounted position using a suitable jack matching the crossmember to the marked locations on the body made during removal.
- Check the positioning of the seals at the dash panel and adjust as necessary.
- Install the 4 mounting bolts (2 each side) securing the front crossmember to the body and tighten the bolts to 111 ft. lbs. (150 Nm).
- Install the retainers over the stabilizer bar cushions and tighten the bolts to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
- Install the fasteners securing the power steering hose routing clamps to the crossmember. Use a new push clip on the left and tighten the screw on the right to 71 inch lbs. (8 Nm).
- Install the pressure hose on the steering gear and tighten the tube nut to 24 ft. lbs. (32 Nm).
- Install the return hose on the steering gear and tighten the tube nut to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm).
- Position the heat shield on the crossmember. Tighten the 2 front mounting screws to 35 inch lbs. (4 Nm) and tighten the rear mounting screw to 13 ft. lbs. (17 Nm).
- Install the front engine mount through-bolt.
- Install the rear engine mount.
If equipped, install the engine skid plate.
NOTEPrior to attaching the outer tie rod end to the knuckle, inspect the tie rod seal boot. If the seal boot is damaged, replace the outer tie rod end.
- On each side of the steering gear, install the outer tie rod end into the hole in the knuckle arm. Start a NEW tie rod mounting nut onto the stud. While holding the tie rod end stud with a wrench, tighten the nut with a wrench or crowfoot wrench to 97 ft. lbs. (132 Nm).
- Install the front wheels.
- Lower the vehicle.
- Remove the steering wheel holder.
- Verify the front wheels of vehicle are in the straight-ahead position.
- Center the intermediate shaft over the steering gear pinion shaft, lining up the ends, then slide the intermediate shaft onto the steering gear pinion shaft.
- From center, rotate the steering wheel to the right approximately 90° or until the intermediate shaft coupling bolt can be easily installed.
- Install the intermediate shaft coupling bolt and tighten to 31 ft. lbs. (42 Nm).
- Reposition the floor carpet in place.
- Straighten the steering wheel to straight-ahead position.
- Fill and bleed the power steering system.
- Start the engine and check for leaks.
- Check and adjust the alignment, as necessary.